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Poster: duckpond74 Date: May 16, 2011 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

"You have a great week." . . . The same back at ya, Tell - I'll try, thanks for the kind thought. Ironically, I'm off in a few minutes for my fourth biopsy in a year (all in different places). I marvel at today's medical ways - though I'll be more impressed when they find out exactly what is going on. "Goes to show, you don't even know ... watch each card you play, and play it slow . . ." Ah, life . . .

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 16, 2011 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

DP--as my departed old man always said "well, it beats the alternative" (except of course in my aunt's case, in which she finally "selected" the alternative). I must admit, I've had only a few biopsies, and each one found exactly what they expected, and was acted on promptly, and so I've had just the opposite experience. Though I am full of holes and missing parts that all things considered, I'd just as soon not have lost, what can you do? If its gotta go, its gotta go. Ahem.

I will say I am starting to get to the pt RingLeeO describes: frankly, I could really do without all the appt's. Nothing but sick people there--the last thing I need, eh?

;)

Best to ya.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 16, 2011 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

duckpond, let's get a negative with that biopsy. Fingers crossed and a prayer as well to cover both ends of the spectrum.

It can seem to sound like whining, this talk of doctors and (potential in your case dp) sickness, but it is real as life gets. I too have had medical difficulties this spring. I frankly can't stand my numerous standing medical appointments, blood work (ect.), these supposed chemicals (pills) that will 'cure' me and my almost completely lack of energy all this leaves me with. Which is funny in a way b/c that's why I reluctantly went in the first place.

Where does all this technology, and some is positive and life changing, ultimately leave us? Usually alone (you lived a long time, most of the family and friends you grew up with are dead) and completely at mercy of the facility where you are. I'll be damned if I die in a hospital unless it's massive acute trauma. Now, this is how to write a happy post!

You come back with a clean bill of health dp. And no more biopsies for awhile (ever maybe). :-)

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: May 17, 2011 6:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Micah. I'm in complete agreement with you and Ring. After so many countless visits, blood tests and invasive 'procedures' - with no better idea of 'the deal' than when we started, I've become strangely numb, desensitized and flatly cynical about each successive visit - marvelous modern medicine meets 'the great unknown' . . . 'Seastones' makes more sense to me than the latest quacks' conjecturing. I have a good, dear friend who is a 30 year cancer survivor who regularly states that "it's not always the 'disease' that kills you, but the treatments can ruin your life" - words of wisdom. Micah, you take care of yourself - and get well. Three prescriptions that I'll always stand by - good friends, good music and good attitude - go a long way towards the healing process. Be well . . . and thanks again for your calling in 'both ends of the spectrum' - much appreciated, and same back at you.

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Poster: user unknown Date: May 16, 2011 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

Wow, have to agree with "micah". I just read through this thread for the first time. All I can say is, "positive thoughts, healing vibes and prayers to all my "FORMULITE" brothers and sisters who are now in distress".

"What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
A a box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through

Just a box of rain -
wind and water -
Believe it if you need it,
if you don't just pass it on"

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Poster: ringolevio Date: May 16, 2011 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JB for WT

I'm starting to understand why old people start to want to avoid doctors. It used to frustrate me no end, the evasions and procrastination (trying to get my parents to doctors) - now I'm starting to get it. Every time you go in, they want to scan something, biopsy something, refer you to someone, or make you drink something foul so they can see what lights up on some machine, and then make you wait 3 weeks to find out if you live or die. I don't really want to go anymore, either.